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New Ring of Fire exhibit opens at the Newport Aquarium on Friday

Octopus, jellyfish, crabs settle in at the Levee
Posted at 5:52 AM, Mar 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-07 06:53:15-05

NEWPORT, Ky. -- After months of preparation, the Newport Aquarium's new Ring of Fire exhibit will open to the public on Friday.

The new exhibit will feature the animals that have been most requested by visitors, including a giant Pacific octopus, a moon jellyfish breeding program and Japanese spider crabs.

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Inspired by the volcanoes and earthquakes that define the Ring of Fire surrounding the Pacific Ocean, the exhibit will feature periodic displays of glowing light and rumbling sounds. Guests can explore the Octopus Den, a cavelike space under an arched rock portal never before accessible to the public. 

A new display of moon jellyfish will showcase hundreds of the animals as they flutter and float. Finally, a cylindrical tank will allow 360-degree views of the Japanese spider crabs, which can grow up to 12 feet long from claw to claw, making them the largest crab in the world.

Find out more about the exhibit at the aquarium's website here.

Watch Ally Kraemer's Facebook Live video below for a sneak peek before the exhibit opens.